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48                                        FLORA   INDICA.
Malayan plants were published in the ' Malayan Miscellanies/
and have been reproduced by Sir William Hooker in the
c Companion to the Botanical Magazine/ and by Dr. M'Clel-
land in the Calcutta Journal of Natural History
Dr. William Jack was appointed Jfco the .Bengal Medical
Service in 1813, and was in the earlier part of hits career em-
ployed in the ordraaiy duties of his profession. During the
Nipal War of 1811-15 he was attached to the army under
General Ochterlony, and had an opportunity of seeing1 the
outer valleys of Nipal, a country which at that time was a
terra incognita to science: In 1818, while at Calcutta, on a
visit to Dr. Wallich, he met with Sir Stamford Rallies, the
governor of the British settlements in Sumatra, who at once
(appreciated his great merits, and offered him an ap]w>wtment
on his ataft^ promising him every facility for the exploration
of the natural history of that island. Thin promise was most
fully kept; and under the enlightened patronage of one of the
most liberal Governors whom the Indian service has ever
produced, Jack devoted himself with ascul and Humus to re-
searches in all branches of natural history. Unfortunately
his career was a very short one, as he sank under the <*ffcrt*ts
of fatigue and exposure ou the 15th Sq>towl>cr, IK2S2, 01$
board the ship on which he had embarked on the pr<»\ ions
day to proceed to the Cope °f Good Hope. It is evident,
from his published papers, unfortunately far t<x> few, that Dr.
Jack's botanical talents were of the first order, and that h*
md thoroughly familiarized himself with the structure of all
the remarkable forms of vegetation which {imwntccl them*
selves to him in the peculiarly rich and varied Malayan Horn,
Wight and Arnott's Trodromus Mono i'cniuHuho Imltiv
OricntahV appeared in 183 Js We have already ehttnu*teim»cl
this work as the most able and valuable contribution to Indian
botany which has ever appeared, and as one it Itioli has fe*w
rivals in the whole domain of botanical literatim?, whether tve
consider the accuracy of the dfognoMc*, the careful limitation
-of the ajxscies, or the many improvement!! in the definition